Jun
21
2019

Get Rid of Red Flags on Your Resume

Your resume is the first thing a potential employer sees before meeting you. It needs to highlight your experience, background and strengths. Resumes with red flags can stop the process.

 

 How to avoid red flags on your resume:

Gaps – Employment gaps can be a big red flag as an employer reviews your resume. I knew one hiring manager who used a red marker and circle gaps and if there too many, the person was toast. Sometimes the gap can be explained; you took care of sick parent or went back to school, etc. Cover letters can be helpful to explain some gaps but be careful not to be too wordy. For an interview; it’s important to be prepared and be honest when you explain the gaps. Have a short detailed answer (no rambling please).

 

Sloppy resume – Resumes with formatting errors, typos, spelling and grammar errors, different fonts show a lack of attention to detail and is a big red flag.  Not taking the time to prepare a good resume makes an employer wonder what else you might not prepare for.

 

Words with no substance – I recently spoke to a candidate who had great experience but you’d never know it from his resume. The words he used were vague and didn’t highlight what he could do. Hiring managers care about substance – How have you impacted the company/practice? Numbers, specifics are what they are looking for. Saw patients vs. Saw 15 patients daily. Performed surgery vs. performed  ‘x’ number of ‘type’ of surgery. Flowery words are a red flag that you might not have the experience they need. Be specific.

 

Not Customizing – Tailoring your resume for a specific job is vital. It shows the employer you read the description, researched the company and made the connection with your experience. Use keywords to highlight your background.

 

No achievements – Detail your accomplishments. Potential employers like results, so show them.

 

To fix the issue, you should review your resume, look for the red flags then rewrite and revise. It’s worth the time to have a resume that stands out.

 

 

 

 

 

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